Update: link to my talk: http://www.oscon.com/oscon2011/public/schedule/detail/20532
Citizen Science is making a big splash at this years Open Source Conference (OSCON)! And how! For the first time in its 13 year history, Citizen Science will be one of OSCON’s primary tracks!
What does that mean for us biohackers and garage scientists? For starters, it signals that we no longer have to lay low, trying to do work on the sly without alerting the township. Turns out that, when we wander out of our garages, the cool hunters think, well… that what we’re doing is cool, not that we’re out to genetically modify their faces off.
We’ve been recognized as so cool, in fact, that, this summer, we’ll be joining the software and tech l33t to speak out about participatory healthcare, crowdscourced science, and garage-to-bedside bio.
Our arrival at OSCON signifies the rise and the legitimization of citizen science as well as the inherently collaborative nature of the growing synthetic biology and genomic fields. We need biologists, chemists, programmers, entrepreneurs and more! My hope is that geeks in all fields will get jazzed about science and begin thinking about how they can contribute to these bodies of work. Perhaps a few will join us at BioCurious.
- Developers and programmers
- Sys admins
- [BIO]Hackers and geeks[Ya ya!]
- Enterprise developers and managers
- IT managers and CxOs
- Trainers and educators